Government Affairs Albany UpdateApril 23, 1999
- More on Comparable Worth
- Several Business Council Corporate Income Tax Proposals in S.2
- New Cancer Data Released
Only two days after the Assembly passed their 7-initiative "landmark" pay equity package on Monday, April 12, 1999, the chairwoman of the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ida Castro, visited Albany. Ms. Castro was invited to Albany as guest speaker for the SUNY Albany annual Distinguished Women Speaker Series.
During her visit, Ms. Castro spoke about the continuing wage gap between women and men, wage discrimination in the workplace and her desire for her agency, the EEOC, to prepare guidelines for employers to use to "self audit" their pay systems. This involvement by the EEOC in the pay systems of employers is included in the federal "Paycheck Fairness Act" (S. 74/ H.R. 541) touted by President Clinton last January.
A copy of a newspaper article covering Ms. Castro's visit to Albany is included in this mailing.
Several of The Business Council tax proposals on taxation of corporate income adopted by TBC's Committee on Taxation are included in the Senate Majority's Budget proposal: Senate bill number 2.
- Reduction of the 9% Bank Tax rate to 8.5% for the 2000 calendar tax year; to 8% for the 2001 calendar tax year; and to 7.5% for the 2002 calendar tax year.
- Reduction of the 9% Insurance Tax rate to 8.5% for the 2000 calendar tax year; to 8% for the 2001 calendar tax year; and to 7.5% for the 2002 calendar tax year.
- Reduction of the Insurance Tax gross premiums tax component of 1.3% on property/casualty and of 1% on accident/health insurers to 1.2% and 0.9%, respectively, on 1/1/00.
- Reduction of the Insurance Tax cap on property/casualty and accident/health insurers from 2.6% to 2.4% for the 2000 calendar tax year, to 2.2% for the 2001 calendar tax year, and to 2% for the 2002 calendar tax year and thereafter.
- Reduction of the Article 9-A MTI (Minimum Taxable Income) tax rate from 3% to 2.5% for the 2001 calendar tax year and thereafter.
- Restoration of earned, but not yet used, ITC (Investment Tax Credits) for companies involved in corporate mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations.
This week, the Department of Health released a two-volume report on cancer incidence and mortality in New York State. They contain state- and county-level cancer data by gender and type, as well as more detailed incidence data by age, race and ethnicity for New York State and New York City.
This report is the first step toward the development of county and sub-county "cancer maps," and toward the eventual development of maps that overlay cancer incidence and certain environmental data such as air and water emissions, location of hazardous waste sites, ambient air quality, and others. According to DOH officials, the first maps of cancer data would be available within the next several months, while the combined cancer/environmental data mapping project will not be complete for another 12 to 18 months.
This two-volume report is the direct result of the state's efforts to update its cancer incidence reporting system to meet quality standards established by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.
The cancer mapping project was initiated last summer by the Pataki administration, after its somewhat controversial veto of a separate $1 million legislative appropriation for the same purpose. It would be the first large-scale effort of this kind by an public health agency in the United States.
For more information, you should go to the DOH web site: http://www.health.ny.gov/
From this site, you can download summary tables from both volumes of the report. This site also gives you an address from which you can obtain copies of the full reports, and indicates that the text of the full reports will be available "shortly" on the Department's web site.